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They Came from the Far Away North

What better weather could there be for birding than 5 degrees F/ -5 C? To me honestly, it is really much warmer than the -70 F  weather I grew up with in Alaska, but I'll admit it still takes a little bit of fortitude to step out the door here in the damp cold of… Continue reading They Came from the Far Away North

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Shall we avoid local extinctions?

Noah's ark: all the animals walking into the big wooden boat two by two*-  this commonly shared Bible story has been told through storybooks, bath toys and art work.  I believe both a positive influence and negative influence arise in our American culture from reading and misreading this story in regards to conservation. The positive:… Continue reading Shall we avoid local extinctions?

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In Defense of Flycatchers

"Pee- a -weeeeee!" In the frigid days of January, my mind drifts to the cozy warmth of summer.  During my first year in New England, I took enthusiastic delight in the vociferous call of the Eastern Wood Pewee.  Trying not to anthropomorphize is so hard for me when it comes to this bird who dashes… Continue reading In Defense of Flycatchers

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Surprised by Gannets & Global Warming

Walking the  rock piled cliffs and windy heights of the Marginal Way in coastal Maine, an interesting sight appeared late this fall.  While many of the regulars were there among the waves- scoters and eiders, loons and gulls, a bird strange and unknown to me arrived drifting through the air heading southwest along the coastline,… Continue reading Surprised by Gannets & Global Warming

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To Sleuth the Brown Creeper

"... difficult to detect from the similarity of their color to that of the bark over which they crept."   "... so nearly resembling the bark in their general color, that they can only be detected with great difficulty." - from Baird, Brewer & Ridgway's A History of North American Birds quoting Dr. Cooper, 1905 Welcome… Continue reading To Sleuth the Brown Creeper